Winners of the Manda Collins and Kelly Fitzpatrick giveaways!

Hello hello! For those of you in the bad-weather parts of the U.S., I hope the storms haven’t affected you too badly. Wrap up warm and stay safe, everyone. Oh, and read a lot of books!

Last week we had two giveaways – one from my interview with Manda Collins and the other from my pre-Valentine’s recommendation of Kelly Fitzpatrick’s funny, sweet novella Dodging Cupid.

The winner of Manda Collins’ How to Entice an Earl is…Chris Bails!

Congrats! Please send me your mailing address: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

Here’s more info about the novel and where you can buy it if you didn’t win.

How to Entice an Earl

How to Entice an EarlSome wallflowers are content to sit on the outskirts of the ballroom. But sometimes you have to take a chance—if you really want to dance…


Lady Madeline Essex is the last of the unwed “ducklings” in her family—and by far the most outspoken. But when she boldly enters London’s most notorious gaming house in search of fodder for her novel, even her sharp tongue can’t save her from the horrible crime she stumbles upon there. As luck would have it, first on the scene is the last man she wants to see her vulnerable. The one man who could tempt her heart…


Christian Monteith, the new Earl of Gresham, isn’t much for card rooms and gaming hells. But as a favor to his former commanding officer, he’s investigating a gamester for espionage on the night that Maddie ventures in looking more enticing than he’s ever seen her. Suddenly, his feelings for his friend aren’t so friendly anymore. And when her curiosity brings the impetuous novelist to the attention of a madman, Christian will stop at nothing to protect her—from a sinister plot that is far more dangerous than any stolen kiss…

Read an excerpt
Buy it at Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | IndieBound | Powell’s

And the winner of Kelly Fitzpatrick’s novella Dodging Cupid is…bn100!

Good times! It’s an ebook, and Kelly can send it to you in epub, pdf or prc formats. Email me to let me know which one you’d like: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

Again, here’s where you can find the novella, which I highly recommend if your Valentine’s week needs an extra dose of delight.

Dodging CupidDodging Cupid

After a string of disastrous Valentine’s Days, broken hearts and failed relationships, Jenna’s decided to spend this Valentine’s Day in the least romantic spot possible—the coin-op laundry.

No flowers. No candy. No annoying couples or romance of any kind. The only glitch in her plan is the leather-clad biker in heart-print boxer shorts who walks in as her washer starts. This just might turn out to be the best Valentine’s Day Jenna’s ever had.

Buy it at Amazon | B&N | Ellora’s Cave

Everyone, this week you can win Sarah MacLean’s latest, One Good Early Deserves a Lover. Talk about delightful!

Interview with Manda Collins – & giveaway!

Manda CollinsManda Collins’ debut Regency romance, How to Dance with a Duke, came out one year and one week ago to rave reviews. Now her third book in the Ugly Ducklings trilogy, How to Entice an Earl, is out, and she’s here to answer some questions and give away a copy. Welcome, Manda!

1. With three books published, 2012 must’ve been a remarkable but busy year. What was the best and the most challenging thing about your first year as a published author?

I think the best thing has been finally having people read my books! It’s easy to feel like you’re just living in a bubble when only you and your agent and editor (and a few friends) have read your books. So, getting the opinions of people who don’t know and love you is a dreadful but necessary prospect. I can’t even really relax about a book until it’s published and out there. Which is weird I guess, but there it is.

The most challenging thing about this year has been having to write and edit one book at the same time that a previous book is being published and needing promotion. It’s hard to keep track of which book I’m talking about sometimes. By the time a book is published, I’m already mentally working on the next one. So there’s a lot of “wait, where am I again?” going on! But it’s great. And I’m so glad to be published now.

How to Dance with a Duke2. For readers who aren’t familiar with your books, can you give a summary of what the Ugly Ducklings trilogy is about?

The Ugly Ducklings trilogy follows three cousins whose mothers were THE beauties of their day. Cecily, Juliet and Maddie have had to grow up with the expectation that they’d follow in their mothers’ footsteps, and they most definitely do not. None of them is particularly into the social scene and they all have other things they’d rather be doing than sitting in a ballroom waiting for a dance partner. Each of them finds her hero and works with him to solve some mystery that’s plaguing them at the moment. I think of them as Nancy Drew for grown ups.

3. Nancy Drew for grown-ups? I’m all yours. I love love love friends-to-lovers stories. I also love wallflowers and ugly ducklings, so this whole series is perfect for me. 🙂 Tell us one thing that your hero and heroine from How to Entice an Earl would be shocked to discover about each other.

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